The 10-member international judging panel for the Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature was announced on September 13, 2021.
In 2021, DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi took over as the new head of the African Union and announced the formation of the Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature. The new prize is intended to recognize an author from the continent who has produced a remarkable work in prose or verse touching on fiction (novel, short story, theater, tale, poetry).
For the first edition, no theme is imposed on the participants. The works must however reflect the values enshrined in the Charter of the African Union, such as solidarity, Pan Africanism, and peaceful cohabitation of peoples. There is no limit of the books one can submit; each entry includes five copies of the each text.
For those who still wish to participate organisers are still receiving texts in English or French published after January 1, 2020, written by Africans in the broad sense: living in Africa or belonging to the diasporas. The deadline for entry is October 15. After this date, the preselection committee made up of Congolese academics will meet to choose the five titles that will be submitted to the “international jury.” The international jury announced featuring personalities from all over the continent comprises of;
- Boubacar Boris Diop (Senegal)
- Ananda Devi (Mauritius)
- Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria)
- Abdourahman Waberi (Djibouti)
- Buthaina Khidir Mekki (Sudan)
- Fawzia Zouari (Tunisia)
- Julien Kilanga Musinde (DRC)
- William Ndi (Cameroon)
- Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa).
This jury will deliberate and will announce the winner on the sidelines of the summit of heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) February 27, 2022. This individual will receive the prize money of $30,000.
For those who want to take part in the competition you can send five books to;
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